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Jordan Cracks Down Over Muhammad Story
Newsday.com ^ | January 17, 2003, 12:35 PM EST | SHAFIKA MATTAR

Posted on 01/17/2003 12:29:06 PM PST by tessalu

AMMAN, Jordan -- The government closed a weekly newspaper and detained three journalists for an article that discussed the sex life of the Prophet Muhammad, an editor at the paper said Friday.

The newspaper Al-Hilal, or the Crescent, published an article Tuesday that focused on the Muhammad's sex life with his favorite wife, Aisha, an extremely sensitive subject in the Muslim world.

Officials detained the paper's editor-in-chief, Nasser Qamash, a senior assistant editor, Roman Haddad, and the writer of the article, Muhanad Mbaidhin, for 15 days late Thursday, the official Petra news agency reported Thursday night. Petra also said Al-Hilal had been closed.

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The editor, and Jordanian newspapers, said prosecutors accused the chairman and three journalists of "harming the dignity of Prophet Muhammad's wife Aisha" with the article.

The prosecutor also charged the four with harming the government and the dignity of people, and destabilizing society by publishing perversity and false news.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: islam; jordan; mohammed
Just stop and think, Muslims who want to leave Islam and become Christians face jail, torture, and death. This is how they are becoming the fastest growing religion. Jordan does not have "freedom of religion" to their great shame. This is just about the most horrific thing that I can think of in a modern world.
1 posted on 01/17/2003 12:29:06 PM PST by tessalu
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2 posted on 01/17/2003 12:29:54 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: tessalu
Is there any reason why we should consider any Arab government a legitimate one?
3 posted on 01/17/2003 12:34:44 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: tessalu
Does this mean we're not going to get the details?
4 posted on 01/17/2003 12:35:05 PM PST by js1138
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What I found interesting in the article were some of the charges the staff of al-Hilal were brought up on.

Namely:

"The prosecutor also charged the four with harming the government and the dignity of people, and destabilizing society by publishing perversity and false news."

Now the Jordanians may be onto something. I know, we live in a democracy, 1st Amendment, etc., but stop and think how many of the mainstream elite are guilty of just this very thing.

Just in case it's needed, I'll invoke the sarcasm stipulation.
5 posted on 01/17/2003 12:40:52 PM PST by x1stcav (HooAhh!!!)
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Does this mean we're not going to get the details?

Muhammad married Aisha, his favourite wife, when he was 53 and she was six. He consummated the marriage when she was nine. No wonder the Jordanian government discourages such speculation.

6 posted on 01/17/2003 12:48:21 PM PST by Loyalist
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He consummated the marriage when she was nine.

I have heard this many times. I dont know if it was true or not. But if it is, doesnt the fact that he had sex with a nine year old make him a pedophile? If thats the case, how can Islam be considered legitimate?

7 posted on 01/17/2003 12:51:39 PM PST by cardinal4
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You forgot to add that the Koran demands they face death if they leave Islam.
8 posted on 01/17/2003 12:54:34 PM PST by Guillermo (Sic Em')
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The thing is, you give the "Arab on the street" say in how he is governed, he's going to pick the most repressive, veangeful government possible.

A sentence of 6 months to a year for this infraction in a Muslim or Arab country is extremely mild.
9 posted on 01/17/2003 12:56:14 PM PST by Guillermo (Sic Em')
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It isn't the official sanctions these guys have to worry about. It's getting torn to pieces by an angry mob as the cops look the other way once they get out (if they ever get to jail in the first place) that's their biggest concern.
10 posted on 01/17/2003 1:07:45 PM PST by RonF
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You mean if people are truly given the right to vote in the Arab world, they would consistently vote in the most repressive governments possible? I know this is conventional wisdom, but I'd be willing to test the assumption.
11 posted on 01/17/2003 1:20:46 PM PST by My2Cents
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Not only the Arab world, but the Muslim world.

In Bahrain they had a free election a few months ago, 70% of the seats (35 of 50) were won by the "hardline" Islamist party.

In Pakistan, the recent election brought to power the Pakistani version of the Taliban. Of course, Musharraf didn't give up much power, but we saw what the people want.

In Turkey, the Islamist party always wins a free election (thank God the secular Army steps in and squashes them).

In a free election in a Muslim country, the winner will be the one who offers the most blood and the most revenge.
12 posted on 01/17/2003 1:27:42 PM PST by Guillermo (Sic Em')
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This is just about the most horrific thing that I can think of in a modern world.

There were reports of some African rebels catching, killing and eating pygmies last week. There's always something ever more horrific going on in the 'modern' world.

13 posted on 01/17/2003 2:48:16 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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Aisha or Ayeshah (circa 614-78), favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad after the death of his first wife, Khadija.

In order to strengthen ties with Abu Bakr, his chief adviser, Muhammad married Aisha, Abu Bakr's daughter, when she was about nine years old. (He was about 53 years old at the time.) Even after subsequent marriages of the Prophet, she remained devoted to him; she is known among Muslims as Mother of the Believers.

After the death of Muhammad in 632, Aisha, a childless widow of 18, helped her father become first caliph, or ruler, of the Muslims. She remained politically inactive during his caliphate (632-34), but she later opposed the succession of Ali as fourth caliph (656-61) and incited an unsuccessful revolt against him.

14 posted on 01/17/2003 5:09:00 PM PST by syriacus (Global Warming is just Mother Nature's way of helping the poor stay alive in the Winter.)
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